The Bible of Clay

Publisher: Seal Books
A compelling new novel that combines past and present in a riveting search for the source of the Book of Genesis itself.

In her provocative second novel, Spanish author Julia Navarro takes readers on an exhilarating journey across centuries and continents, as an upstart archeologist and a murderous group of conspirators vie for a treasure that will rewrite history–an explosive account of the world’s creation recorded millennia ago by a humble scribe onto the legendary Bible of Clay.

Moving back and forth through time, from the tense months preceding the contemporary war in Iraq, to ancient Mesopotamia, to the atrocities of the last century, this tale of vengeance, obsession, and the wholesale plundering of the ancient world’s most priceless treasures is populated by an international cast of political opportunists, ruthless killers, and unsullied seekers of truth. The Bible of Clay is historical fiction at its richest, a sweeping saga that challenges at once both conventional geopolitics and the very foundations of modern religion.

From the Hardcover edition.


Chapter One

RAIN WAS FALLING ALL OVER ROME WHEN THE TAXI STOPPED at St. Peter's Square. It was ten o'clock in the morning.

The passenger paid the fare, told the driver to keep the change, and tucked a newspaper under his arm. He was lean and well tailored in an obviously expensive suit, his white...
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Praise for The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud:

“An exuberant, deeply involved thriller. . . . Terrifically lively characterizations and the author’s passion for her subject make this one stand out.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A religious suspense thriller with an epic quest. . . . [Navarro] writes well and her characterizations are strong. . . . Superior.”
—The Observer (UK)

From the Hardcover edition.